Saturday afternoon witnessed the greatest day in horse racing in 37 years, the winning of the Belmont Stakes by American Pharoah, a horse with a uniquely spelled name that had just won the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, the greatest victory in American thoroughbred racing (various other nations have their own variant).
To celebrate the end of that epic dry spell, Curbed Miami is having a Mint Julep (the drink at the Kentucky Derby), a Black-Eyed Susan (for the Preakness Stakes), and a Belmont Jewel (which was invented in 2011 because until then Belmont didn't actually have an official drink). Properly refreshed and fortified, underneath a sun hat more elaborate than Eliza Dolittle's at Ascot we're diving into the glorious, glamorous, legendary history of the stately old queen of Miami's few horse race tracks, Hialeah Park Race Track, where the Flamingo Stakes was once an important stop for any horse on their way to Kentucky, in old photos and postcards.
· American Pharoah wins Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown [NY Times]
· Hialeah Park Race Track archives [Curbed MIami]